By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

The Four Emotional Stages of a Renovation Project

What you will learn from this episode: 

  • How to stay positive throughout your home project

  • How to handle unexpected surprises

  • Why it’s so important to do your research 

Today I am going to be talking about the emotional parts of a construction job.

I find that there are usually 4 stages of emotional parts that everyone tends to experience. 

The first one is, of course, excitement. You’re thrilled, you have been planning this project for ages, dreaming about it! This is all good, and you should be excited, but I want to bring this up because I want you to come at it from a tempered perspective. This is work – it’s not easy. The planning, dreaming about it, that is the fun part. But there will be other phases coming. You will probably become fatigued, which brings me to phase two.

This phase will kick in for everyone at some point. You have had people in your house for days, weeks, months, mess, dust, floor coverings, you can’t walk barefoot through your house. These are little things that people don’t realize they’re going to miss until it’s gone. 

You also may get bored. You will have to go through parts of the project that just aren’t exciting. The plumbing, electricity, things you may not understand but will take time and just feel boring

I like to sit people down and go over each part of the project so that they know when that part is coming and what they can expect. 

The third phase is something that I really hope to help you avoid. And this can happen if you stay fatigued for too long, or too many surprises pop up. Sometimes unexpected surprises are just unavoidable. Things like something being in the wall that nobody knew about, of a factory delay. If you do your homework like I’ve talked about in past episodes, you shouldn’t have surprises about budget, or conflict with contractors.   And that is the anger phase. When this happens no one wins. 

If you let anger win, it will create an extremely toxic situation and environment for everybody involved. So I hope you can learn from what I’m teaching you, and this phase can be avoided!

And finally,  the last phase – relief, exhaustion, pure joy. This happens when things are starting to get buttoned up, and you can see the end. 

I can’t tell you enough times the importance of the early steps to prepare yourself for these projects.

My goal is to give you the tools on the front end, so you can see these coming, and you can foresee your way out of it. I want your project to end with you feeling positive.

There will be negatives, I can’t predict how many, or what they will be, but if you do these steps, and do the homework, there will be more positives.

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